The ability for leadership to collaborate with global offices and remote workforces has changed dramatically, both in the technology used and the methods used to communicate. This article and free Video On Demand (VOD) webcast presented by Qumu explains how the convergence of video conferencing and video streaming is enabling a new type of video conference for global organizations called a “Team-to-Many” event.
Team-to-Many exponentially expands the reach of live corporate video, allowing leaders who manage distributed teams and global branches to host large-scale, two-way video communication between executive teams and thousands of employees. But how does it work, and why should global organizations be using it? This article outlines how Team-to-Many evolved, the technology behind it, and some sample use cases in which organizations are already leveraging Team-to-Many technology.
As an added bonus, this article also includes a free recorded Webcast on the topic of Team-to-Many, recently delivered by Qumu president and CEO Vern Hanzlik. Follow this link to view this free webcast at any time.
The Evolution of Video Conferencing and Video Streaming
For small team virtual meetings and group collaboration, the business world has made the slow transition from basic conference call technology to high capacity phone bridges, then to dedicated video conferencing rooms and finally to the standard browser-based video conferencing we know today. And at the same time video conferencing technology has matured, video streaming solutions began to evolve as well. Originating as satellite broadcasts, video streaming quickly advanced to internal hardware-based networking solutions, and eventually to pure software-based solutions that deliver video streams globally, to any device, and with sophisticated security and management capabilities.
Today these two staples of business communication—team video conferencing and one-to-many streaming—leave organizations with an opportunity to implement a method of global communication that overcomes the inherent limitations of browser-based video conferencing, while leveraging the power of high-capacity video streaming. Called Team-to-Many Video Conferencing, this new solution enables interactive, large-scale team meetings streamed to any device, with no latency or loss of video quality.
What is Different About Team-to-Many?
Team-to-Many combines team video conferencing and one-to-many capabilities into a powerful new model. Think of it as an amplified video conference. At the core, is a group of “active” participants—leaders and subject area experts—all interacting just as with any video conference. However, the Team-to-Many meeting or event is highly inclusive because it is simultaneously broadcast to a larger group of “passive” participants.
In other words, the powerful dynamic of a group collaboration is magnified exponentially. All passive participants are engaged in the live session, seeing and hearing the full exchange. Plus, they can participate through submitting questions or responding to polls.
What makes Team-to-Many even more powerful is that it’s extremely easy for users. Launching a Team-to-Many meeting (or participating in one) is just as easy as a traditional video conference. A Team-to-Many session can be scheduled using Outlook, for example, just like any other meeting. And teams can use the existing video conferencing end system that is most comfortable or convenient for them—such as a Skype for Business on their laptop or the Polycom or Cisco equipment in the boardroom. And by having a high-performance video streaming infrastructure in the background, handled by an enterprise video platform, even with thousands of participants, there’s no buffering and lost connections!
What to Do Next
Team-to-Many is gaining momentum within leading enterprises as a way to amplify the power of video conferencing far beyond its current capabilities. If you’re intrigued, be sure and check out these additional resources to understand how other companies are integrating team video conferencing and video streaming: